Sarah Simpson

A pothole. (File)

Potholes a pain in the pocketbook for Cowichan drivers

Most winter fixes are temporary, Emcon says

A pothole. (File)
“21-year-old Curt Knippelberg was diagnosed with a pineal gland cyst on his brain in 2010. Roughly two years later he battles back with fundraising to pay for a surgery that will cost thousands. Local resident Laurie Long-Johnson (right) has organized a months-long bottle drive to help raise money for the cause.” (Dorian Geiger/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Jan. 11, 2012)

Flashback: Searching for a surgeon, an epic storm and Broadbent boos banks

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

“21-year-old Curt Knippelberg was diagnosed with a pineal gland cyst on his brain in 2010. Roughly two years later he battles back with fundraising to pay for a surgery that will cost thousands. Local resident Laurie Long-Johnson (right) has organized a months-long bottle drive to help raise money for the cause.” (Dorian Geiger/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Jan. 11, 2012)
The residents of Youbou are fundraising to commission a life-sized carving of Bob, the resident Roosevelt elk. (Wendy Stokes photo)

Sarah Simpson column: What about Bob? Youbou aims to immortalize infamous elk

There’s a guy named Bob who lives in Youbou and people are very protective of him

The residents of Youbou are fundraising to commission a life-sized carving of Bob, the resident Roosevelt elk. (Wendy Stokes photo)
This stolen 2018 Ford F550 with a BC Licence Plate of PH6784 has a Rental Zip logo on the doors. (RCMP Handout)

Distinctive truck stolen from Cobble Hill makes a pit-stop at Millstream McDonald’s

Police asking Millstream area businesses to review surveillance footage

This stolen 2018 Ford F550 with a BC Licence Plate of PH6784 has a Rental Zip logo on the doors. (RCMP Handout)
A witness photo shows a man walking away from the Cowichan Tribes Daycare with a wooden canoe. (RCMP Handout)

Thief enters Cowichan Tribes daycare property, walks away with children’s canoe

“Crimes such as these can only be solved with the help of our community…”

A witness photo shows a man walking away from the Cowichan Tribes Daycare with a wooden canoe. (RCMP Handout)
Cowichan Tribes members voted yes on an education jurisdiction agreement and law-making protocol that will return the inherent right to govern education to the community. (File photo)

Cowichan Tribes votes to reclaim the right to educate its children

First Nation one of 13 negotiating with the federal government since 2006

Cowichan Tribes members voted yes on an education jurisdiction agreement and law-making protocol that will return the inherent right to govern education to the community. (File photo)
Last year the CLAC contributed to art packages that the Chamber of Commerce gave out to families in the area. It’s time to show them off with a “Beat the Covid Blues!” art show in various locations in downtown Lake Cowichan. (Submitted by Kathie Fielding)
Last year the CLAC contributed to art packages that the Chamber of Commerce gave out to families in the area. It’s time to show them off with a “Beat the Covid Blues!” art show in various locations in downtown Lake Cowichan. (Submitted by Kathie Fielding)
Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District. (File photo)

Cowichan Valley students back to school

Few tangible changes to school COVID safety protocols after extra week off

Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Cowichan Valley School District. (File photo)
This mom says please, PLEASE bail before you hit the trees. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
This mom says please, PLEASE bail before you hit the trees. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A big snowfall in late December left fat pillows of snow on signs, fences, picnic tables lake and even covered the surface of Mayo Dam. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Residents complain of slow snow clearing at Lake Cowichan

The recent snowfall “unfortunately occurred at an awkward time in our small town”: mayor

A big snowfall in late December left fat pillows of snow on signs, fences, picnic tables lake and even covered the surface of Mayo Dam. (Kathryn Swan photo)
Youth enjoy the snowfall in late December and are out of school again on Jan. 6 to enjoy it some more. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Snow closes Cowichan schools, cuts power to Shawnigan Lake area

UPDATE: buses, garbage pickup cancelled

Youth enjoy the snowfall in late December and are out of school again on Jan. 6 to enjoy it some more. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
New Years baby, Lowen Thornton-Clark, was born at 3:10 a.m. on Jan. 2 and weighed in at 6 pounds and 5 ounces and was 50 cm (19.7 inches) long(Submitted by Ryan Clark)

New Year’s baby delivers New Year’s baby of her own

Mother Kristina Thornton was a new years baby, too

New Years baby, Lowen Thornton-Clark, was born at 3:10 a.m. on Jan. 2 and weighed in at 6 pounds and 5 ounces and was 50 cm (19.7 inches) long(Submitted by Ryan Clark)
”Dave Campbell, Katrine Winia, Guy Paton and Scott Campbell were all sporting Christmas colours at the Honeymoon Bay Christmas dinner.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Dec. 28, 2011)

Flashback: Christmas cheer, a not-so-bright thief and holiday hours

A look back at the history of the Cowichan Lake area

”Dave Campbell, Katrine Winia, Guy Paton and Scott Campbell were all sporting Christmas colours at the Honeymoon Bay Christmas dinner.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Dec. 28, 2011)
Fire tore into the OK Tire on Norcross Road in North Cowichan early Sunday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

VIDEO: UPDATE: Fire at OK Tire thought to be caused by person trying to get warm

Crews from six fire halls called out just before 4 a.m.

Fire tore into the OK Tire on Norcross Road in North Cowichan early Sunday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: Good people area all around us

Remember some of the stories I wrote about the awesome folks in our community

Sarah Simpson
An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou in mid-January, and conservation officers were called in to remove it. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)

Year in Review: a look back at 2021 around Cowichan Lake

Logging protests to Lady of the Lake

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou in mid-January, and conservation officers were called in to remove it. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Alistair MacGregor and members of his team gathered at the campaign office to watch the election results roll in on Sept. 20, with MacGregor securing his third term as MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Alistair MacGregor and members of his team gathered at the campaign office to watch the election results roll in on Sept. 20, with MacGregor securing his third term as MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Bitter cold has gripped much of B.C., including south and central Vancouver Island. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Bitter cold has gripped much of B.C., including south and central Vancouver Island. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required for staff at the Cowichan Valley School District. (File photo)

No vaccine mandate for Cowichan School District staff

Board of Education leaves itself an option to reconsider

COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required for staff at the Cowichan Valley School District. (File photo)
“Town Councillor Jayne Ingram, Mayor Ross Forrest and Councillor Bob Day cook up lasagna and Caesar salad for Community Services’ volunteers during the Christmas Hamper event at Centennial Hall on Dec. 14. They were just one of many groups in Lake Cowichan to aid in Community Services’ worthwhile cause over the past month.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Dec. 21, 2011)

Flashback: Christmas dinners, stream protection, the metric system arrives

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old…

“Town Councillor Jayne Ingram, Mayor Ross Forrest and Councillor Bob Day cook up lasagna and Caesar salad for Community Services’ volunteers during the Christmas Hamper event at Centennial Hall on Dec. 14. They were just one of many groups in Lake Cowichan to aid in Community Services’ worthwhile cause over the past month.” (Lake Cowichan Gazette, Dec. 21, 2011)